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When I tell people that I actually donâ€™t like to garden, they stare at me as if Iâ€™m crazy. Looking at my landscaping, you would think that I lived for it, but there are really only two parts of gardening that I look forward to: the actual growing of things and the planning. Having an art background, I like to plan gardens with all of the different colors, textures and varying heights. I like to play around with what looks good with what and where. Â Before moving, I lived in a city with a small green space, forcing me to be confined to container gardening.Â Now, with acres to contend with, my mind is constantly on the whirl!
I have never been one for a linear look. Why line everything up when you can get a better effect with shapes? All of the gardens I have been working on are of a circular shape; even the one lining a 100 foot long fence has a wave pattern to it. People ask me what I look for when I start a new project or expand an existing garden. The first thing is color and color combinations. I like to create eye popping color combinations such as yellow and purple. This past spring, I added a Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush with my Stella Dâ€™Oro Daylilies. Different heights, foliage and colors will make this a knockout in years to come. Not to mention that there are already Purple Sensation Alliums, True Blue Alliums, various Oriental Lilies and a Pinky Winky Hydrangea all in the same bed.
The best part is, there is still room left over! This fall, I tucked in some new varieties of Tulips (Queen of the Night and Purple Passion Mix) and Hyacinths (Valentine Mix) and then in the upcoming spring, Iâ€™ll throw down some Wildflower seeds, usually an Annual Mixture, and some Peacock Orchids to fill in the rest.Â I work around the existing Perennial plants and change the gardens every year, much to the chagrin of my husband. Someday, I will run out of room, but not for years to come. Next yearâ€™s challenge is already in the works â€“ A meditation herb garden. Wish me luck!
All of the pictures in this blog are from Paula’s changing garden.
November 30, 2012
Â· Paula Haskell Â· Comments Closed
Tags: fall bulbs, garden planning, Perennials, spring bulbs, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers